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John Duncan resigns as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

J/k not for gross incompetence or neglect of Aboriginal Peoples! 'Cause he wrote this one letter that one time.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrote:

“Today, I have accepted the resignation of John Duncan as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

“I would like to thank Mr. Duncan for his many contributions as Minister and for his service to the people of Canada. Mr. Duncan will continue to serve as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North in the House of Commons.

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A Conversation about the People's Social Forum with Corvin Russell

Former rabble blogger and lapsed babbler, Corvin Russell is joining us to discuss the groundswell of social protest in Canada and abroad @ 2pm EST.

Corvin, a long-time ally of indigenous struggles across Canada, will be talking about the transformative potential of #IdleNoMore and other similar struggles for Aboriginal rights, and their impact on broader social struggles. He can also answer any questions on the People's Social Forum which took place last weekend.

For some background, see Ethan Cox's column on PSF here.

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Launching the Socialist Register 2013

Jan 31, 2013
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. W.,
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 38' 59.2908" N, 79° 26' 4.4484" W
Ontario CA
Panel discussion with Greg Albo, Sam Gindin, Meg Luxton, Joan Sangster, John Saul as contributors and Leo Panitch as Chair.
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Building Solidarity with “Idle No More”

Jan 27, 2013 to Jan 28, 2013
Allendale Community Hall
6330-105 A Street
Edmonton , AB
Canada
53° 30' 3.024" N, 113° 30' 1.2708" W
Alberta CA
Please join Tanya Kappo, a member of Idle No More, for a discussion about this movement.
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Taxpayers paid for CEOs trip to China with Stephen Harper

Not shocking, but here's the story, as reported on CBC.ca

The delegation to three Chinese cities included 30 executives from major oil, agricultural and manufacturing companies as well as roughly two dozen members of the Chinese-Canadian cultural community.

Compare that with a 2009 trip to China — Harper's first — when he brought along eight people, including Laureen, his stylist and four Chinese-Canadian businesspeople.

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2013 Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture

Mar 18, 2013
Mattamy Athletic Centre
50 Carleton Street
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 41.9652" N, 79° 22' 49.3824" W
Ontario CA
"Quebec and Quebec Solidaire: Linking Sovereignty, Equality and anti-Neoliberalism"
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Tories using CIDA website to attack NDP

Well it appears that the Tories have crossed yet another line.

In response to a MP Hélène Laverdière’s December blog post in the Huff Post, somebody at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) decided to post the Huff Post response by Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, directly on the CIDA website. There was also another partisan post on the CIDA website attacking the Liberals that stated “Liberals make promises,
Conservatives get results - Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)”.

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Participants needed for research in abortion debate

I am looking for volunteers who have knowledge of  abortion politics in the Maritime Provinces from the period 1969 to 1999. 

As a participant in this study, you have the option to: answer a questionnaire; and/or share your opinions and experiences through an interview. Some questions are of a personal nature and participants may skip them. For example, there are questions at the end of the survey that ask participants if they terminated a pregnancy between 1969 and 1999 and if they travelled far for the abortion.  These questions are meant to determine the availability of abortion services during this period.  

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Against Austerity and War

Jan 20, 2013
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 5-260
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 40' 4.4004" N, 79° 23' 54.1392" W
Ontario CA
A presentation and discussion concerning the threat of war with Iran and the fight for a People's Agenda in Canada.
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Madelaine Drohan: 'Can We Catch Up with Angola?'

Jan 9, 2013
The Gardiner Museum
111 Queen's Park Circle
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 40' 4.4472" N, 79° 23' 36.654" W
Ontario CA
Join us as we launch the Literary Review of Canada event series IN CONVERSATION WITH, presented by the Ideas Institute.
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Idle No More Vancouver

Dec 23, 2012
Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 15' 40.4136" N, 123° 6' 50.1372" W
British Columbia CA
This gathering will bring information forward about the implications of what this movement means to the people and the earth.
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Idle No More rally at Conservative MP's office

Dec 18, 2012
Brantford , ON
Canada
43° 8' 21.7932" N, 80° 15' 51.93" W
Ontario CA
Please come out on Dec 18th to demand that First Nations inherit rights be respected by the Harper Government and to let people know we must stop these bills as they undermine First Nations rights.
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Most outrageous Harper Conservative moments of 2012

Hullo!

babbler denizens, help rabble.ca craft an end-of-year feature. What, in your opinion, were the most outrageous gaffes, slip-ups, turnabouts and embarrassments committed by Harper's Conservatives in 2012?

Yes, we may be contributing to the "gaffe" political culture so deleterious to serious sociopolitical discourse. Yes, there are probably serious things like Enbridge and more omnibusses than in a Virginia Woolf novel. Yes, you can mention those if you make them funny. You won't get money, prizes or even more fame than you've already got, but it could be fun. 

I will get you started:

Bev Oda once ordered a $16 orange juice. Discuss.

What else?

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Harper government set to cancel F-35 purchase

Postmedia is reporting tonight that a government source has revealed the F-35 purchase will be cancelled. Here's the story:

The F-35 jet fighter purchase, the most persistent thorn in the Harper government’s side and the subject of a devastating auditor-general’s report last spring, is dead.

Faced with the imminent release of an audit by accountants KPMG that will push the total projected life-cycle costs of the aircraft above $30 billion, the operations committee of the federal Cabinet decided Tuesday evening to scrap the controversial sole-source program and go back to the drawing board, a source familiar with the decision said.

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RATE your politicians in Canada

Hello everyone, I would like to share with you a new website some of you may find interesting

www.ratemygovernment.ca 

At this site, users may rate politicians on all three levels of government, plus government provided programs/services. We hope to be able to engage more disenchanted citizens in the political process and help voters make more informed decisions at election times.

Truly a corrupt politician's nightmare!

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Book launch: Speaking Up

Dec 5, 2012
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 38' 33.2664" N, 79° 25' 36.6924" W
Ontario CA
"Speaking Up" presents a wide overview of the history of the relationship between language and politics in Canada and Quebec from 1539 to the present.

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